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    Senior Member K92line's Avatar
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    Default Size of Derbies and vital statistics and some good old Fun

    The Feb./March issue of RFTN lists the number of derbies (other stakes as well) run, the starters and the average per stake.

    In 2006 avg. was 20.2 in 05, it was 22.2, 04, 22.4, 03 21.8, 02 31.2 (number of trials was lowest in 02) in 01 it 22.7.

    In general it seems that for about the last ten years or so they have been in the low twenties.

    In the west here we see somewhere around 18-28 dogs depending on where the trial is and if there are other competing trials that weekend.

    This is my first Derby dog and I have had an absolute ball. I have met wonderful folks from all over. Judges that donate their time and certainly try their very best. On a few occaisions I have not agreed with the set ups-like running into the wind or a cross wind coming accross the short bird on a two down the shore. But my guess is the wind shifted or something happened. I have always felt that the judges have done their best to put on a good Derby.

    It also interesting to note that many folks say the Derby doesn't matter. Or it matters only when you are running it, or who cares. There are many variations on the "it is a nothing stake theme". However for some of us it is our introduction into FT and although maybe down the road it won't matter. I still get a thrill watching these young dogs do some abolsolutely incredible stuff. I have found this to be pretty sophisticated. Some of the 4th series are very tough, or at least I think they are.

    I think the Derby is fun and I plan on enjoying myself and applauding these wonderful young animals and I hope when and if I ever have the good fortune to to attain that FC or AFC I remember how much fun it was to run the Derby and I remember NOT to tell someone with a Derby dog how insignificant it is and how much it DOESN't matter, even if in the grand scheme of things it doesn't.

    I know making the National Derby list is nothing (I think I have heard that at least 90 times), but to some of us it is our first time and personally I was thrilled and that first or second or third blue ribbon, heck I think that is pretty neat too.

    Isn't this supposed to be fun!!!!!!!

    Nancy with her first Derby dog Lily

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    Most people that say they don't believe in derbies are the ones that can't compete in them!!! I have heard it a million times......I am saving my dog for the major stakes. In real terms their dog is no good so they make excuses why they are not running.
    Good luck & have fun Nancy!!

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    Derby is the funnest stake. Not much pressure on the handler as it is just point and shoot.

    Nancy, I assume I will see you this weekend at Lost Hills.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Ross
    Most people that say they don't believe in derbies are the ones that can't compete in them!!! I have heard it a million times......I am saving my dog for the major stakes. In real terms their dog is no good so they make excuses why they are not running.

    This is not true!

    I'll use RTFer Kip as an example. With his current pack of dogs, he got them on the D list early, then quit running them. Those dogs could have amassed a bunch of Derby points but, I assume he was looking to the future and what rrunning a bunch of Derbies might do in creating bad habits and set his AA program back. I think his stratergy worked as his dogs have had AA success at an earlier than normal age.

    Many serious FTers feel the same way. Why create potential long-term problems for the sake of running Derbies? I know some very successful Fters that skip Derby altogether and have their dogs ready to QAA at 20 months or younger.

    It just depends on where ones priorities are. Most of today's top Derby dogs can make a smooth transition into AA. However, many feel running a bunch of Derbies may be detremental to their dog, especially if the have a Type A dog and many just don't want to spend the money, time and travel to run in a stakes that they just have no value in.

    I have a 7 month old and I can assure you that no matter what type of dog he is, he will not run more than 2 or 3 Derbies!
    "All those things bother me: The populism, the lying and the scapegoating and the xenophobia bother me, but then there’s a layer of incompetence here. I suppose, in a way, we should be thankful: If he had a coherent ideology, he’d probably be more dangerous." P J O'Rourke

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    What if their training for the all age stakes continues as if they were not running the Derby at all?

    What if they don't run 30 Derbies, but run the ones that are local and no bad habits appear to be "creeping" up.

    What about the handler and the dog gaining "line experience". Seeeing new and dificult concepts in a trial environment?

    With limited experience I see that the answers to the above question are so dependent on each individual dog.

    I see some folks letting very bad behaviors continue just to get a green ribbon. I see other folks calling their dogs in for a tiny hunt. I see other's doing very nice work with their dogs and making good choices about what to run, what is OK behavior and what is not.

    It appears to me to be an individual choice based on the particular dog and the particular circumstances.


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    The right thing to do is what you enoy the most. The Derby is a very important stake for numerous reasons.

    Some folks drive to win over others displays their finer points as well. HPW
    "Sometimes we just gotta do what is right". Jerry 2006

    See ya in the field. HPW

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    Default are right about the Derby getting one "hooked" on the game and being a great introduction to the thrill of competition in this sport, but. I was told by a Canadian field trialer Jim Harvie, who had the #2 Derby dog at one time, that he would never campaign to that extent again because the dog was well behind in the AA stake competition once he got there, as Mr. Booty says. Another southern Californian, Mark Perrizo, told me that every time one enters any trial, one is "De-training" so with the young dogs it makes it all that much harder to teach comcepts.
    Which is why we quit after getting ten points.
    Just a few folks take on it.

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    Hi Nancy:

    Keep having fun with Sweet Lily! Connie Cleveland wrote a great article called "Don't Steal My Joy" and she is so correct.

    Everyone has their own goals and aspirations. Each dog and handler is different. I envy you the pure delight and pleasure you are having with Lily---who is a fantastic dog that will definitely transition to AA without a backward glance.

    I ran one Derby with my first dog (trained by me) and got a 4th---that set the hook. In his first Qual, he got a JAM and I cried. Persons kidded me saying if I cried for a Qual JAM what would I do if I ever got a Blue! Guess what, I cried then also. I cried when he titled----not that I weep that much, but it was from joy.

    I would be included in those whose primary interest is in having an AA dog. Yet, it is so important to remember the happiness you received running your Derby dog. As Russ says, it is the "funnest" time.
    Whenever I judge a Derby or a Qual, I always remind myself of those days and how important it is to keep all of this in perspective. Maybe some of those dogs will never go on to AA, but let the dogs and their owners enjoy the bliss while they can.

    How many of you remember your glory days of high school or college sports? You never made it to the NBA or the NFL or competed in the Olympics, but would you forego having played them because of that.

    The Derby and Qual is where we attract new persons (and we greatly need new persons) to our sport. Let's not "steal their joy".


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    Thanks for all the input. I guess it all comes down to individual decisions, the dog, the training and so on. No right or wrong way.

    I understand not "campaigning" a dog to bad habits. But, again depending on the dog, not sure that running some derbies is bad for all dogs even if the ultimate goal is and AA dog. I have personally learned a ton from running the Derby, it has been an invaluable learning experience for both me and my dog. I am grateful for this experience and opportunity.


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    I think it's great that you are having a great time with your dog.

    Welcome to Field Trials!

    I echo what Glenda has said.

    Hope to see you around somewhere, sometime.

    I co-own a dog with Butch Green who judged your dog this Spring and said your dog is one fine animal.

    Much success to you in the future.

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